Central Region

Short Course - Calibration LabWith a seemingly overwhelming amount of climate data and information available, addressing the needs of National Weather Service Climate Focal Points and engaging them as collaborators is imperative to enhancing Regional Climate Services (RCS) in the Central Region and beyond.

The High Plains Regional Climate Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in partnership with the NOAA Central Region Collaboration Team, conducted an in-person short course on September 22—24, 2015. This opportunity focused on NWS Climate Focal Points, representing nine different forecast offices. Using support from the NOAA Central Region Collaboration Team, a minimal amount of money made a big impact on the region by increasing capacity to address people’s climate-related needs.

Coming from nine different Weather Forecast Offices, 13 Climate Focal Points were selected to attend the course who had some familiarity with regional climate services and tools. This provided an opportunity for Short course Pecan orchard stationparticipants to network and engage on collaborative opportunities and covered several areas to provide awareness and training for a wide range of climate products and services, including: an introduction to Regional Climate Services; hands-on experience with climate data and information tools and other online products; mesonets in the Missouri River Basin, and familiarization with key regional partners such as Regional Climate Service Directors, Regional Clime Centers, State Climatologists, the National Drought Mitigation Center and the NOAA Central Region Collaboration Team.
Using evaluations and feedback from participants, this first short course helps lay the framework for additional training in 2016 and 2017. The goal is to create Climate Focal Points who are not only knowledgeable of regional climate services, but can also participate and collaborate in applied climate research and outreach activities within the region.

For more information about tools and services provided by the High Plains Regional Climate Center, visit http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/

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